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Maida

I am a life long student. I love to study and learn and I enjoy factual books but also well research novels. At age 75 I have read lots.

Sandy, UT, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Ghost Train to the Eastern Star

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Paul Theroux
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (35)

    In Ghost Train to the Eastern Star, Paul Theroux retraces the steps he took thirty years ago in his classic The Great Railway Bazaar. From the Eurostar in London, he once again sets out on a journey to the East, travelling overland through Eastern Europe, India and Asia. Infused with the changes that have shaped the exterior landscape and enriched with developments to his own perceptions and psychology, Ghost Train to the Eastern Star is an absorbing and beautifully written follow-up to The Great Railway Bazaar.

    Roger says: "ghost train to the eastern star"
    "Great audio adventure"
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    Where does Ghost Train to the Eastern Star rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Pretty High. I have a hard time reviewing the books I do not love.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The main character had so much understanding of people.


    Have you listened to any of John McDonough’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes,,,He is my favorite narrator. I have listened to most of what he has done and I loved Grand and Glorious Physician. The other story of Luke in the Bible. McDonaugh just is the characters to me. I also loved his Mitford Series and could not listen to the prequeal because it was not him.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I think his time in Viet Nam was amazing.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Malala Yousafzai
    • Narrated By Archie Panjabi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (472)
    Performance
    (428)
    Story
    (430)

    When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York.

    Jan says: "So much more than expected..."
    "Listen to it twice in the same week."
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    Where does I am Malala rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right at the top


    What did you like best about this story?

    The honest and simple approach to the feelings of this courageous little girl


    What does Archie Panjabi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Excellent performance...Brought you to beleive the sincerity of the author


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    Wows....What an insight into the functionings of another culture and the struggle for the education they find so essential to their future.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blackberry Winter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Sarah Jio
    • Narrated By Tara Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (109)

    Seattle, 1933: Vera Ray kisses her three-year-old son, Daniel, good night and reluctantly leaves for work. She hates the night shift, but it’s the only way she can earn enough to keep destitution at bay. In the morning - even though it’s the second of May - a heavy snow is falling. Vera rushes to wake Daniel, but his bed is empty. His teddy bear lies outside in the snow. Seattle, present day: On the second of May, reporter Claire Aldridge awakens to another late-season snowstorm. Assigned to cover this "blackberry winter" and its predecessor decades earlier, Claire learns of Daniel’s unsolved abduction and vows to unearth the truth.

    Annie says: "Overacted Narration, Cheesy Writing, Predictable"
    "My kind of book"
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    If you could sum up Blackberry Winter in three words, what would they be?

    Clever, determined effort


    What did you like best about this story?

    The tenacity of the journalist


    Have you listened to any of Tara Sands’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't think so.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Would have been nice


    Any additional comments?

    Of interest to many readers

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3316)
    Performance
    (2846)
    Story
    (2817)

    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Teddy says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
    "I am an Introvert, go figure"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Quiet to be better than the print version?

    I have both because I wanted to have visual access to specific areas of the text. I am a listener so do better with audio. I would have to recommend the audio and then you will probably want the printed version.


    What other book might you compare Quiet to and why?

    The Mind and the Brain, The Other Side of Normal, books of that caliber. This was easy to understand and because of the presentation it is instruction and informative as well as very eye opening.I find myself observing people with the introver/extrover evaluator information very accessible. I have not had a problem recalling the information provided by the author.


    What does Kathe Mazur bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I felt very comfortable and her presentation was a perfect speed and tone for me. I had time to drink in the concepts of each page and could keep up with the audio. Her voice is beautiful and I felt she completely understood what she was relaying to the listener.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes several. The comparison of Oriental and American self presentation, the test and I was very impressed with the amount of research the author had done. I guess the overall message of okness and how we got to the point of accepting, as a society, the extroverts are the most successful. It is so obvious - there is a place to succeed for all types of people - and you do not need to become someone you are not to be successful.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to this book twice and used my printed copy as reference. I plan to read the entire printed copy in the next month. Thank you for this amazing work of perspective.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bittersweet

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Linda Stephens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (69)

    Best-selling author Nevada Barr delights contemporary mystery fans with novels like Deep South and Blood Lure. In Bittersweet, she departs the mystery genre for a touching story of hardship, perseverance, and love in the old West.

    Megan McGuire says: "Good, but not what I expected"
    "A modern issue in Olden times"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The teacher who had so much to deal with in her life and lived it so true to herself


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the change they made when the farm hand died


    Any additional comments?

    this book is so heartwarming because these characters were able to overcome so much and I loved all the descriptions of the Stage Coach Stop. It held my total focus and it covered a vast array of characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Camel Club

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2840)
    Performance
    (1034)
    Story
    (1046)

    It exists at the fringes of Washington, D.C., has no power, and consists solely of four eccentric and downtrodden members whom society has forgotten. Their simple goal is to find the "truth" behind their country's actions.

    Alex says: "The Good, Bad, and the So-So"
    "Wonderful Series"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Camel Club the most enjoyable?

    This was so well written and many interesting senerios and characters


    What other book might you compare The Camel Club to and why?

    Of course the four in the series, Charm School which by the way is not available on Audible, Word of Honor,


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Davis – was your favorite?

    Oliver Stlonr


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes but I did not do that since I was reading the series


    Any additional comments?

    Greet Series and I loved the Change of Pace in the last book and showed depth to the Character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Betty MacDonald
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle lives in an upside-down house and smells like cookies. She was even married to a pirate once. Most of all, she knows everything about children. She can cure them of any ailment. Patsy hates baths. Hubert never puts anything away. Allen eats v-e-r-y slowly. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle has a treatment for all of them.

    Edith says: "Dated"
    "Everyone loves Mrs. Piggle Wiggle"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    absolutely


    Which character – as performed by Karen White – was your favorite?

    great


    Any additional comments?

    Sometimes when my little people cannot sleep we put an earbud in one ear each and listen together. Even I like to listen over and over

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Thread

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Ann Hood
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    In China there is a belief that people who are destined to be together are connected by an invisible red thread. After losing her infant daughter in a freak accident, Maya Lange opens The Red Thread, an adoption agency that specializes in placing baby girls from China with American families. Maya finds some comfort in her work, until a group of six couples share their personal stories of desire for a child.

    Mary says: "Good idea for a story, but..."
    "Love this Legend"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Red Thread to be better than the print version?

    The people seem more real on audio for me


    What does Hillary Huber bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She is fantastic


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Oh yes I cried and I laughed and I could not put the book down until all the babies were safely connected.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fancy Nancy Audio Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jane O' Connor
    • Narrated By Chloe Hennessee
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (42)

    Meet Nancy, who believes that more is always better when it comes to fancy. Now enjoy Fancy Nancy like you never have before with this splendiferous audio collection filled with 31 stories

    Noah says: "A Fabulous Collection"
    "My 7 year old Valaree loves this"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, it is just good clean fun for little girls


    What other book might you compare The Fancy Nancy Audio Collection to and why?

    not sure


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I have not listened to these but Valaree goes to bed with this every time she stays at my house.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    She giggles sometimes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Split Second: An FBI Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Catherine Coulter
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman, Paul Costanzo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (654)
    Performance
    (497)
    Story
    (499)

    A serial killer is on the loose, and it’s up to FBI agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock to bring him down. They soon discover the killer has blood ties to an infamous and now long-dead monster. Savich and Sherlock are joined by agents Lucy Carlyle and Cooper McKnight, and the chase is on. At the same time, Agent Lucy Carlyle learns from her dying father that her grandfather didn’t simply walk away from his family twenty-two years ago: he was, in fact, murdered by his wife, Lucy’s grandmother.

    Jacquelyn Thomas says: "Story good, female reader almost ruined it."
    "Love this whole series and so does my husband"
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    What made the experience of listening to Split Second: An FBI Thriller the most enjoyable?

    All of them were so real to me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the total depth of the situations


    What does Renee Raudman and Paul Costanzo bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The humor and feel level of these stories


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I just enjoy reading them and that is what I read novels for and I am always sorry when the books in this series ends.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope Coulter keeps this series going or starts a new one as good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First Family

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    Overall
    (2341)
    Performance
    (838)
    Story
    (833)

    Camp David, USA. A birthday party turns into a nightmare when a child is snatched after the celebrations. The First Lady enlists the services of Sean King and Michelle Maxwell to bring the child home safely. But she and King share a past. Years ago he saved her then senator husband from political disaster. And this may not be all that passed between them. With Michelle still battling her own demons, the two are pushed to the limit, with forces aligned on all sides against them.

    Michael says: "Not his best, plus annoying sound effects"
    "Secret Service is always great from this author"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely..I have


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Presidents Wife


    What does Ron McLarty bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is one of my favorites and I always give a book a second look when he is the narrator


    Any additional comments?

    Not impossible to see this kind of coverup happen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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